One of my Bucket List adventures for this year was to venture into backcountry, skiing or snowshoeing. AT/Telemark ski gear and backcountry essentials ( beacon/shovel/probe ) might be quite expensive, so I decided to use my cross country skis for some "ski touring".
Since there is no avalanche danger, snowshowing/skiing Mount Margaret is safe and is great for beginners, but at the same time it gives you that feeling of "exploring the backcountry".
That was my first time at Mt Margaret, and I absolutely loved it !
Though, in winter it's a very popular snowshoe route, I'd personally recommend to use skis. Believe me, you'll get a greater workout, and the way down will be a breeze. Classic/touring skis will work just fine, and you won't even need the skins. At Summit East ( formally known as Hayk ) you can rent a pair of skis for the day.
Even if you choose to stick to your snowshoes, make the trip down fun !
Use an airboard, snowbike, or a snowskate
I'm not giving the description of the trail, since you can easily find it either on WTA web site or in Snowshoe Routes Washington book.